Being injured in a pedestrian accident in San Diego can be devastating. It’s likely that you have broken bones, fractures, lacerations or other serious injuries like a traumatic brain injury.
Typically, a pedestrian accident in San Diego will fly under the radar because the majority of pedestrians will never even make the move to report their accident to the police. That being said, these accidents are frequently caused by the inattentiveness or recklessness of a driver, although there are other factors such as aggressive driving behavior or malfunctioning vehicles that can increase the chances of a pedestrian being injured as well. The majority of pedestrian accidents are caused by negligence of one form or another.
When it is the pedestrian who pays the price in terms of serious injuries, he or she may be entitled to file a personal injury claim in the state of California. This injury claim may be essential for providing compensation that helps to cover lost wages, medical bills and other expenses associated with the accident. In this situation it is imperative to understand how liability is constructed in such a case and some of the challenges that you may face in an accident. For example, the driver could fear the consequences of being found responsible for the accident so he or she may attempt to blame you in response.
Although this can be devastating and frustrating, knowing how to handle the situation goes a long way towards minimizing the anxiety you feel about pedestrian accidents. No one wants to deal with the consequences of being hurt in an accident like this, but you do have options to help protect yourself if someone else’s negligence contributed to the accident.
SENIOR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY & FIRM FOUNDER
Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines